Here is a fun song and movement game that I often do in early childhood classrooms in the spring. Written by my CMN colleague Nancy Hershatter, it’s extremely simple, yet children love this activity.
In the spring, classrooms are often busy with seed-planting activities, and this song is a fun way for young children to act out the life cycle of seeds and plants. When you do the song, talk about the different types of flowers, vegetables and trees that grow from seeds. How high does each one grow? How do they make new seeds? Ask children which plant they’d choose to be.
It’s also interesting that musically, that this song ascends a major scale. As the notes get higher, so does the growing plant. You can talk with children about notes of the scale by singing a simple major scale on do-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-do. Encourage the children to move their hands or their whole bodies slowly from a low position to a high one, while singing the ascending pitches.
I first learned this song from Nancy Hershatter and Tina Stone, who are fellow members of The Children’s Music Network. This organization is a great source of songs and musical activities for children. I have learned many of the songs I use in the classroom from members of CMN. In fact, when I posted this song recently on CMN’s very active e-list, several other people shared their own songs about seeds, plants and trees. If you would like to learn more great and classroom-tested songs, consider joining The Children’s Music Network! If you’re already a member, invite your colleagues to join. May is membership month, and you can see the many benefits of joining CMN here.
Once I Was A Seed
By Nancy Hershatter
Children begin curled up on floor like sleeping seeds. Once I was a seed / Sleeping in the ground / Then the sun came out, and …Then the rain came down! Use a rain stick or make a sound like rain falling, and children can turn their heads and say ‘ah’ to take a ‘drink.’ During the following lines, children slowly stand up, sprouting “leaves” and reaching for sky. My leaves sprouted out / Reaching for the sky / I grew and grew / And now I’m ten feet high.
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Liz Buchanan is President of The Children’s Music Network. This item is reprinted from her web page.